Gov Sule’s Aide On SDGs Stresses Need For Peace Building Mechanism
By Agili Joshua
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa state on Sustainable Development Goals SDGs, comrade Abubakar Murtala has identified peace and unity amongst diverse ethic groups as panacea for sustainable development of any society
Comrade Murtala who stated this during the monthly meeting of Search for Common Ground held at the Hall of Ministry for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lafia last week. He charged participants to take the robust participations towards the peace building process in the state.
Search for Common Ground is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Lafia, aimed at preaching peace and unity amongst diverse groups in the state. Since the NGO completed it’s mission in the state, Sustainable Development Goals under comrade Abubakar Murtala Mohammad is supporting the programme financially to carry out advocacy and enlightenment campaign towards peace building process in the state.
It was on this basis that Comrade Muhammad urged the participants to see the programme as a call towards making the state free from crimes and other social vices. He stressed the need for participants to be committed to their tasks in sensitising the public on the peace building process.
He also enjoined the participants to identify key issues relating to peace building and discuss them exhaustively with a view to come out with a workable plan on sensitising the people on the need to embrace peace and unity in their respective domains.
While identifying headers/farmers clashes,violence against women and children, kidnapping among others as the causes of insecurity in the state, the SDGs boss urged the participants to be more focus and realistic on their tasks so as to achieve the target objectives.
He then called on them to come out with one year workable framework that would guide the participants on their tasks, which he said can be appraise to know their performance within the period under review.
Some of the participants enumerated the success recorded in the areas of peace building process to include, sensitization meeting with the stakeholders of some selected Local Government Areas in the state, who experienced skirmishes, awareness campaign on radio/ television and talk show on peace building process in the state among others.
At the end of the meeting, participates unanimously agreed that Four committees should be set up to fast track the work of peace building in the state. The committees recommended include: Advocacy and Enlightenment Committee, Planning and Research Committee,Security and Intelligence Committee as well as Human Rights Committee.